NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say two New Jersey men who
intended to kill American troops were arrested at a New York City
airport before boarding flights on their way to join a jihadist
group in Somalia.
Federal authorities say 20-year-old Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and
24-year-old Carlos Eduardo Almonte were arrested Saturday at John
F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate flights to
Egypt and then continue on to Somalia.
Alessa, of North Bergen, and Almonte, of Elmwood Park, were
charged with conspiring to commit an act of international
Teams of state and federal law enforcement agents who have been
investigating the pair since 2006 took them into custody.
Authorities say the two had recorded talking about jihad with an
undercover New York police officer.
They are scheduled to appear Monday in federal court in Newark.